For the first time ever, the the largest and most well-known independent film festival based in the United States is virtual, with dozens of feature length films and documentaries from around the world online. As always, the schedule includes world and US premieres and Q&A sessions with producers and directors.
The Sundance Film Festival has been based in Utah for more than 40 years, primarily in Park City, in late January and early February. In 2021, the virtual film festival is January 28 to February 3.
Over the years, the best talent and creative minds in the filmmaking world have taken part in the Festival in one way or another, and literally tens of thousands of people attend the Festival and come to the screenings each year.
Traditionally held in January, the 2021 Sundance Film Festival Sundance Film Festival is going forward, but with a major change – this year it will be held almost entirely as a virtual event.
To keep people safe during the ongoing global pandemic, for the first time ever you can view worldwide premieres, see talks from filmmakers, and participate live in other Sundance events from the comfort of your living room.
Special screenings include Life in a Day, from award-winning director Kevin Macdonald. This year, he chronicles the day of July 25, 2020.
Documentaries include about the lives and contributions of Alvin Ailey and Rita Moreno.
Films and other events will be available on demand for 48hours after live stream, incuidng premieres.
Tickets start at $15
Passes and tickets are available in a variety of options and prices, ranging from tickets for a single film for $15, to day passes, to full festival passes, and other options in between.
Also available is the Festival Village – the virtual place to go to participate in free events, talks, and sponsored experiences, and these features are available globally.
Some films will be screened live in independent art theaters and pop-ups throughout the U.S., with an emphasis placed on doing so in a safe and responsible manner.
Sundance Film Festival Virtual Village
Check out the Festival’s “How To Fest” page to see how to participate, including concerts and videos from Acura, one of the festival sponsors.
Premiere screenings happen live and feature Q&As with the filmmakers, while second screenings are available on demand 48 hours later. Seats are limited, even in this virtual environment, so the sooner you decide what you want to see, the better! If a film you’re interested in seeing is currently listed as sold out, please check back closer to the Festival, as more tickets may become available.
Note that feature films are available to U.S. audiences only. International audiences, you can take part in this year’s Festival by purchasing an Explorer Pass, which unlocks access to all of New Frontier. You’re also able to buy a single ticket to the premiere of Life in a Day 2020 and dig into all of the free talks and events.